I love how this is so much more than just simple science-fiction. It explores the depths of the human psyche, the reality of mental illness, and what it takes to maintain a civilisation far from home. “Am I just a mosaic of myself, held in the shape of a whole person?” Ren is a truly … Continue reading REVIEW: Planetfall by Emma Newman
At first I honestly thought this book was going to be a bust. I struggled through the first chapters filled with jargon and ideas I couldn't quite wrap my head around. I was so close to putting it down. But then the story properly began, and China Mieville unwrapped this amazing story of language, cooperation, … Continue reading REVIEW: Embassytown, by China Miéville
I was actually very fortunate several summers ago to do a work placement where Mary Beard works: The Classics Faculty Library & Museum for Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Although I only saw her in passing, it was a wonderful experience. And made this book even more important and special to me. "You … Continue reading REVIEW: Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard
I know it's been forever since I've last posted, almost a year and a half. A lot of my life has changed since I set up this blog up. I completed my undergraduate degree in English, and am now at Edinburgh University studying for a MSc in Book History and Culture. Due to the commitments … Continue reading The Long Hiatus: I’m back!
Everything about this book is what I honestly love about science fiction. Full of fascinating characters, complex species, intergalactic laws and society, this book was a wonderful read and it's definitely one of my favourites of this year. All you can do Rosemary - all any of us can do - is work to be … Continue reading REVIEW: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The world outside the observatory was silent, but the universe wasn't. I was so eager to get this book, and I did a little dance when I got the acceptance email from NetGalley and Orion Publishing, so thank you so much! As always, Orion has pulled out another wonderful dystopian novel that really pulls at … Continue reading REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
This book is so subtle and beautiful that it just flows, each person's story intertwined into a narrative that spans the 20 years of an apocalyptic world. Survival is insufficient. And that's really what makes this book. It's realistic. It's a dystopian world, but one that is fundamentally understandable, without the drama and the extremes … Continue reading REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Thank you to NetGalley and Strange Fictions Press for a great read! This novella really packed a punch and had me hooked until I'd finished it. What really stands out in this book is how clever the narrative is. From one man and one room, we see the unfolding of an alien invasion that roughly … Continue reading REVIEW: The Communication Room by Adam Aresty
We were neither what we had been nor what we would become once we reached our destination. To put a bit of context to this, I have just finished up a module called 'The Weird Tale', that looks at horror and science fiction short stories that are primarily concerned with the 'weird': something outside the … Continue reading REVIEW: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Every time I'm back from university me and my mum always go to Emmaus, that are a charity with a room full of books, all at 75p each. We usually come out with a massive bag of books between us, and I'm managed to get some amazing books there. So here's my haul from my … Continue reading Charity Shop & Heffers Book Haul!